The Trojan baseball program has had much to celebrate over the past several years. Two more celebrations were had recently when Grant Malott and Zak Kellogg each signed a National Letter of Intent to continue their baseball careers in college.
Malott has chosen to attend Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. In 2013, Malott hit .318 (4th) with 24 RBIs (3rd). Grant spent most of his season in right field, where he boasted a near 90% fielding rate. Coach Brad King on Grant: “Grant Malott is one of the most athletic kids we’ve had come through the program in my 12 years. His ability, to play all three outfield spots, will be a plus when it comes to playing at the next level. Grant also has an opportunity to see some time as a pitcher. He has a solid fastball, which he compliments with good off-speed pitches. As proud as I am of the work he puts in on the field, I am more proud of the work he has done in the classroom. Each year he has been in the program his GPA has elevated, which is the mark of a true student athlete. His athleticism and talent, along with his work-ethic (on and off the field), offers Grant a great opportunity to have success at Western Kentucky.”
Kellogg has signed to attend and play for IPFW in Fort Wayne, IN. Zak led the team with a .360 batting average, and runs scored (42), and was 2nd with a .500 on-base percentage. More impressively, Kellogg spent 30 games behind the plate, registering an impressive 199 put outs with only 3 errors, for a 98.67% fielding percentage. Coach King on Zak: “Zak Kellogg is the kind of kid every coach hopes he has in their program. He works hard, accepts challenges, does whatever the team needs, and is very coachable. Zak transitioned from infield to catcher during fall workouts his freshman year. By May he had been promoted to varsity and earned the starting position as a sophomore. His leadership shows in every aspect of his life. Zak is a great role model for our younger players because he does things the right way. Work-ethic and desire to get better are the elements that pushed him to become one of the best catchers our program has ever seen, and one of the tops in the state for 2014. Zak has been a tremendous asset to our program and IPFW will be fortunate to have him in their program too.”